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The emperor, Claudius, was a man with great integrity, individuality, common sense,
patriotism and determination. From his struggles as a child to his death, was a remarkable
journey. Many historians today and ancient Rome have placed him amongst the greats of all
time. Despite his physical disabilities and background, Tiberius Claudius Nero contributed
much to the greatness of the Roman Empire.

Tiberius Claudius Nero is the youngest son of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia (Daughter
of Antony and Octavia), giving him royal blood. He was born on August 1st, 10BC, in the
city of Comata, which is in the Region of Lugdunum (Modern Day Lyon, France). He was an
unwanted child since birth. It is said that he had a sick and ugly appearance, with
cerebral palsy. Yet, against the odds, he became an emperor, made many contributions to
the benefit of the Roman society.

Accordi ng to many sources, Claudius was rejected from his own family due to his
appearance; even his mother frequently mocked him. He would have been the normal choice to
succeed Tiberius, had the monarchical family not thought him, unfit for the office.
However, only Augustus thought Claudius as not stupid and granted Claudius a
non-governmental priesthood position. Claudius was trained as a scholar, by the historian
Livy and wrote several histories and literary works in Latin and Greek. (None of his work
has survived, although there are inscriptions and fragments that provide some insight into
his thinking). Claudius was considered a fool and kept out of public life until his insane
nephew, Calligula, became emperor and appointed him as consul (alongside Calligula's
horse) as a joke. After the assassination of Calligula, Claudius was found hiding in the
palace, scared for his own life. The Praetorian Guards, interested in keeping their job as
the Emperor's bodyguard, declared Claudius as emperor and forced the Senate to do the
same. The soldiers, courtiers, freedman and foreigners were his main followers.
Nevertheless, they did not dream that Claudius would be known as one of the greats.

Claudius ' reign is marked with the expansion of the Roman Empire. He had great sympathy
for the traditions of the old Roman Republic than previous rulers of the house of Caesar.
But a futile revolt in the Senate, within a year after he became emperor, made him favour
the army. In 43AD, he conquered Britain, where his troops accepted him as a god (Smith,
Mahlon. H, May 1999, http://religion.rutg ml). Instead of encouraging
worship to himself, he directly furthered the evolution of the imperial cult by declaring
his grandmother (Augustus's Wife, Livia) a goddess. He also captured Camulodunum, where he
started a colony of veterans and built client-kingdoms to safeguard the small-populated
land. Claudius then proceeded to the conquest of North Africa and annexed Mauretania,
where he established two provinces. Moreover he absorbed Lycia in Asia Minor and Thrace in
Eastern Europe. He made Judea a Roman province, he also conquered Iturea and allowed the
province of Syria to control it, avoiding major wars with the Germans, and he accepted the
collapse of the pro-Roman government in Armenia rather than go to war with Parthia. Thus,
the first Roman emperor who had not been trained to be a soldier pushed the boundaries of
the empire to their greatest extent. However, he not only proved his eminence via
expanding the Roman frontier, he also made conspicuous improvements.

Cl audius' significant impact upon the Roman world, came from his enlightened judicial and
civic reforms (including the extension of Roman citizenship) and his policy of
colonisation in Britain, Germany and Gaul, which made possible for the survival of Roman
culture, even after the fall of Rome to barbarians 400 years later. In the area of civil
administration he encouraged urbanisation. The judicial system improved under his reign
and he favoured the modern extension by individual and collective grants in Noricum.
Claudius increased his control over finances and province administration and gave
jurisdiction of fiscal matters to the governors under him in the senatorial provinces.
Claudius also created justice for the slaves in whom he extended the freedom to any slave
who had been abandoned by his or her master and used his knowledge of Etruscan law to
promote his belief in the civil rights of the Gauls. Throughout his reign, Claudius made
many achievements and contributions, in all aspects, to the Roman society.

Claudiu s also made many improvements to the senatorial authority. He saw a need for
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